Changes to default Activity names

Starting August 18th, we changed the way Strava automatically names your activities. Previously, when uploading from a device (via the Strava website or via a syncing program) your activities would be titled "mm/dd/yyyy City, State" or "dd/mm/yyy Town, Region, Country". Now, your activities will follow the same naming convention as the Strava App. For example, "Morning Ride", "Afternoon Run", "Evening Run".


The default activity name is easy to edit. From the mobile app, when viewing one of your activities click on the "pencil" edit icon or select edit from the menu button. From the website, see the "pencil" edit icon to the left side of your activity page. You can also edit multiple activities from the "My Activities" view under the Training tab. 


We made this change in an effort to build consistency between the Strava website and mobile app. Additionally, when viewing activities listed on the profile or Activity Feed, activities are always listed by date making it easy to determine when the activity took place. 


September 9th, 2015

We understand that the new default activity names will not work for everyone on Strava. We welcome your comments and discussion on this thread and hope you understand that your feedback is heard and has been discussed with the Strava team. We do our best to cater to all the needs of our community, knowing that new features and product changes will impact our members in different ways. 


We don't currently have plans to revert the changes or build additional settings to customize default activity names. Our product continues to evolve and we hope you stick with us knowing that we take your feedback seriously. 



464 commentaires
  • I'm old school too, the new naming convention is ridiculous and unuseful. I want the old date + location back. This new naming convention is making zero sense.

  • give us date & place back
  • Garmin Connect gives the ability to choose the format on your personal settings page. Perhaps Strava should consider this as some posters have mentioned. 


  • "Our product continues to evolve and we hope you stick with us knowing that we take your feedback seriously".

    If that were true, you'd offer the option for users to select their preference.

  • The title is meaningless without a location. I vote for setting options for the name in settings, this is an important aspect when searching for files.

  • I understand that this change was made for improved consistency, but as others have indicated it is nice to have a location assigned automatically. I ride all over the world and it is nice to recall the locations when looking at my calendar in Strava. As others have noted, why not provide the user with the option to revert back to the old method or some new method that will provide more automation to use key information. I don't take the time to edit each entry and appreciate the automatic labeling. Why would you want to alienate and upset your user base when the change is not much effort?

  • For those that have come late to this discussion:

    1.  It appears that Strava does not give a d*mn about it's user base and is quite happy to alienate the lot of us even though quite a few (including me) have cancelled their premium membership over this.  I am not at all sure why Strava started this thread when it has become quite obvious that they never had any intention of responding to user complaints no matter how loud and furious they got.  Maybe they thought that the response would not be so overwhelmingly negative and that they could get brownie points by *APPEARING* to care.  If that is so the entire plan backfired - a lot of people are pissed off by the change and even more pissed off that Strava quite obviously does not care.

    2.  The general consensus among those posting early on is that this has nothing to do with consistency (that was just an excuse on Strava's part) but more likely to do with lowering the cost of the service providing the mapping data.  Basically, if I understand it correctly and someone can (and I am sure will) correct me if I am wrong :-), the service they are using now does not offer support for retrieving the location.  Although why they removed the date as well I have no idea.

    So, don't expect a change anytime soon.  Don't expect Strava to do anything to make us users happy.  And if you want to make an impact at all talk with your wallet.

  • I've stopped my premium renewal just in time for this.
  • Same for me.

    Also cancelled my premium membership.

  • @Marwan - I think you pretty much nailed it actually. As for consistency, the App and Web interfaces are such vastly different things, I'm not sure how you could ever use the word "consistent" to describe the functionality between each of them.
  • This is annoying. I just cancelled my premium subscription.

  • Strava is really listening to customers? I cancelled ny premium some times ago and was willing to restart over the summer , just when this change happened and decided not renew it.

    It's  very disappointing, despite their reply on Sept 9, that nothing changed to accomodate their customers. Without us strava disappear.

    I question the fact nobody is even trying at Strava to mirror what Garmin is doing and leaving the choice to user. Not even willing to explain why (no sorry, the mobile app is not a justification, you could adapt the other way around).

    For the price of premium and the activity naming convention, I'm not willing to get premium again. If Strava cares so much abt mobile users, I will change my comment on playstore and reduce the evaluation.

  • This is terrible. Those activity names make it absolutely impossible to sort analyze activity history unless i take the initiative to manually change the activity name. I do not agree with this change.

  • This is a ridiculous change, especially if you want to export the data back out to put it in a spreadsheet... Now I have to change them all after each ride.

    How about having a string in the settings where we could change it to something personal. i.e. "%d, %m, %y; %t -- some comment".



  • I guess it's been 6 months now though, Strava have ignored our comments meaning they are probably taking the view we are just white noise and the rest of the users don't have a problem with it.

  • 400+ comments now. This still sucks.

  • Ah well, my premium subscription expired yesterday. Won't be paying for it now - Stravistix gives the same info, Your loss Strava

  •  of course that this change is extremely unpleasant, and more time spent unnecessarily to clearly identify an output, we do not all need to know the place from where we left.

    Next week I go on a tour of Britain, which will result in 20 "morning ride" , it will not change me from work :(

    Strava sell us the dream !!
  • I really miss being able to see the date of an activity, when comparing my segment performance against another athlete.

    The only way to tell is if a comment has been made on the activity, the date is then left automatically

    a lot of Mountain bike segment times are influenced by seasonal changes and weather conditions.

    The date is a useful part of the telemetry when analysing rides

  • I have had to manually change the name of most my activities ever since this change. It's VERY annoying.

    If you'd consider it, what I'd really like is options for users to choose which default setting they want.

    And, for me, I'd much prefer a simple Date - Time format. Geographic location is fine, but an ability to NOT default to a specific type of workout would be awesome.

    I really don't understand why this would be a difficult thing to add.

  • Seriously, this is really terrible.  Every ride has the exact same name.  Finding activities, something that used to be a standard and simple task, became hard for no reason?

  • So...... people in large numbers have been asking for this to be reverted or an option. 


    Can we get an answer Strava? After all, you do take our feedback seriously

  • "We take your feedback seriously" but you won't do anything about the problems voiced. What a crock.

  • You (Strava) take our feedback so seriously (not!) that I did not renew my premium membership. So, as you can see I take you ignoring my feedback more seriously than you take that feedback.

  • Dear Strava.  You really should look at how many people have not renewed their premium subscription as a result of this.  I supect there's quite a few of us.  Tackle this head on and at least give us a better explanation why you steadfastly refuse to consider changing this.  Prove that you take feedback seriously.  

  • Having location in the activity name is a big deal.  Location is the main reason I like to map the activities.  Thanks for taking the feedback seriously.

  • I get the auto naming for activities, however the name edits I make to my Garmin do not carry over and I have to rename them twice once on GC and once on Strava. Is there any tweak to make syncing cross for this?

  • Keith Mui

    The names of rides have never carried over from Garmin connect to Strava 

  • Well... almost a year and a half after the first post... Strava doesn´t even replay to a simple feature that we asked for, a simple feature that is no more else than putting the naming as it was before.

    I was a paying premium customer, as a lot of you guys were, doesn´t fell right paying for a service were you are neglected.

    60€ a year deserve more attention, even towards those who are free users, they to keep this social network alive... 

  • Brandon said what I was going to say.  Much of my winter rides are on a trainer.  My wish list would include a "smart" default activity name to where it can guess that since no location (GPS) change during the ride, it would pre populate or at least offer "Trainer Ride" or "Treadmill"

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